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Barcoded wristbands to be compulsory by 2011

17th November 2009

A call has been made by the Information Standards Board for Health and Social Care to penalise trusts who do not bring in barcoded patient wristbands by 2011.

E-Health Insider found that almost one third of trusts had not complied with a request to put the wristbands in a "standardised format" by the deadline set by the National Patient Safety Agency.

Shane Brooke, healthcare project manager for GS1 UK, told EHI: "Standardised barcoded and printed wristbands are critically important to patient care. They help to ensure that the right care or treatment is given to the right patient at the right time in the right place."

 

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